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British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which international environmental treaties bind one or more UK Overseas Territories; and what targets each British Territory is required to meet in terms of emissions under the terms of each treaty. (276790)

Details of the international environmental treaties to which the UK Overseas Territories are bound are publicly available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/publications/treaties/uk-overseas-territories/browse-bv-subject/environment-wildlife.

Texts of the treaties to which the UK is party can be found on the same website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/publications/treaty-command-papers-ems/treaty-command-papers-by-subiect/environment-misc.

The text of the one environmental treaty to which the Overseas Territories are bound but the UK is not party can be found through the UN website at:

http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N95/274/67/PDF/N9527467.pdf?0penElement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 357W, on British Overseas Territories: environment protection, what projects were funded from the Overseas Territories Environment programme in (a) Montserrat and (b) Bermuda. (276796)

The following projects were funded from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme in

Montserrat:

Establishing a botanical garden

Increasing Montserrat's capacity to manage protected areas and conserve biodiversity

Environmental education project

Economic valuation of Centre Hills

Strengthening capacity for species action planning

Conservation and Environmental Management Act implementation

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species implementation

Bermuda:

Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve restoration, enhancement and long-term management plan

Development of Species and Habitat Recovery Plans, and Capacity Building for Implementation

Environmental education and woodland conservation

Develop and populate map-based interactive global biodiversity information dissemination for Bermuda

Habitat and native species restoration in Bermuda National Trust nature reserves

Saltus Island Project

Bermuda environmental evaluation

Development of an invasive species action plan for Bermuda.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 358W, on British Overseas Territories: environment protection, what steps are planned to be taken in the British Territories in the Caribbean under the project to enhance capacity for adaptation to climate change. (276797)

I have been asked to reply.

This DFID-funded project is managed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

It is expected that by the end of the project the five UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands) will have developed national climate change adaptation strategies and public awareness and outreach programmes, and initiated the implementation of these.

It is also expected that each participating territory will have developed the capacity to engage with regional and international climate change programmes, and to benefit from and contribute to the work of the relevant regional institutions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK Overseas Territories are signatories to the Kyoto Protocol. (276807)

This information is publicly available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/publications/treaties/uk-overseas-territories/browse-by-date/1991-2004

and also on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change website:

http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/status_of_ratification/items/2613.php.